One night in 1861, somewhere between the Little Missouri and Powder rivers, Crow raiders stole most of the best horses from a Miniconjou camp. As they quietly left the scene with the herd, unnoticed by the Lakota villagers, one of the Crows turned and rode back, possibly tempted to try his luck once more. However, his white horse stood out in the moonlight and a Miniconjou woman happened to spot him as he approached the village. She shouted to alarm the rest of the camp, but the Crow had already fled and the Lakota warriors were unable to find him or his comrades.
White Bull, the famous Miniconjou warrior, witnessed this incident at age twelve.